No rest for Norwich City match-winner Simeon Jackson
Simeon Jackson ensured he was in fine fettle for his international commitments this week after bagging a double at Ashton Gate.
Jackson is the only senior City player on duty for his country over the next fortnight, after his inclusion in the Canada squad for the friendly in Ukraine on Friday.
And he takes with him bags of confidence after repaying manager Paul Lambert's faith in him with two quality goals past England keeper David James and an all-round performance that suggests that yet again Lambert has got his selection spot on.
Jackson replaced Chris Martin for the win over Leicester last week and kept his place alongside skipper Grant Holt at the weekend, relieving a little of the frustration felt by those who occupy the bench and can only sit and watch as the Canaries continue the form that earned them the League One crown last season.
'That's what happens,' said Jackson. 'Our strike force is quite strong so you have to sit there and wait and when you get your chance you have to go out there and prove what you can do, so it is only good for the club and good for us and that's going to get us where we want to be I think.
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'It's pleasing for me and obviously to get the result was magnificent for us. It keeps the momentum going from Tuesday and obviously before the break to make sure we are up as high as we can before the break.'
Jackson's lightning pace caught the hosts by surprise – and he believes City are doing just that in these early stages of the Championship campaign, which has seen them occupy third spot in the table.
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'I think it might be a little bit of that as well – and the momentum obviously from last season and from winning games early on, so hopefully we can keep that going and be as high as we can towards the end,' he said.
'If we can keep getting points away from home that's only going to help us in the long run. I think the back four were brilliant today and we did the job at the other end and sealed off the win. We were under a bit of pressure at certain times and we had to withstand that and obviously we caught them on the break and that was good. We put in a good away performance and got three good points.'
Jackson's first came on 23 minutes and was a major body blow to the Robins, who never recovered from the sight of the striker racing into the right of the area and, from around 10 yards, fizzing a rocket over David James and into the roof of the net.
Asking him to describe it can be a little tricky – by their very nature they are usually over in the bat of an eyelid, and even the player himself says there is little time to consider the nicety of the moment.
'You don't think about it. You just try and get as clean a strike as you can. Luckily it went in,' he said.
The second saw him similarly positioned, firing low past James' right hand – but this time it was goalkeeper John Ruddy who supplied the assist with a downfield kick that Jackson collected before advancing.
'We speak about that quite a lot because he has got a good throw and a good clearance as well,' Jackson explained. 'He looked up and saw me and it was a great ball in and obviously I got on the end of it, so it was brilliant. You try and catch teams off counter. We did that all day today and it worked. It's good to get goals no matter how they come. I am just delighted both of them went in and we got a result.'
The celebration for the second was, fittingly, in front of City's 1,305 travelling fans.
'They're massive for us and it's great that they come out to support us like that. It was brilliant to get one in front of them and celebrate with them,' he said.